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Transatlantic Trends 2013
18/09/2013 | 12:00 - 14:00 | DGAP | Transatlantic Relations
Category: Transatlantic Relations
Central European Perspectives
Kick-off meeting and seminar
12/09/2013 - 13/09/2013 | 10:00 - 18:00 | DGAP
Transatlantic Relations: Greater Challenges, Smaller Means
Representatives from US-based think tanks join a discussion at the DGAP
11/09/2013 | 12:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | United States of America, Transatlantic Relations
Transatlantic Relations: Greater Challenges, Smaller Means
Relations between Europe and the US developed over decades and are by no means losing their relevance. However, changing geostrategic conditions mean that new efforts are needed to keep the cooperation as deep as it has been in the past. What challenges do the partners face? What roles await Europe and America in the future? Representatives of US-based think tanks came together with German counterparts and the DGAP’s Transatlantic Relations Discussion Group to address these questions.
Category: Transatlantic Relations, Security, NATO, United States of America, Europe
North Africa’s Difficult Transition
EUMEF's 17th Summer School brings Arab and European experts to discuss current political developments in the region
19/08/2013 - 29/08/2013 | 09:00 - 17:00 | DGAP | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Democratization/System Change
 North Africa’s Difficult Transition
Some 50 participants and speakers from over ten countries met in Berlin as part of the DGAP’s EU-Middle East Forum. During the two-week program, they examined the political restructurings underway in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, discussed the constitution-drafting process and the potential of social participation, and debated the political role of the military and of Islam. They also explored what these upheavals mean for the rest of the region and how external actors should respond.
Category: Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Why Think Tanks Need to Do More than Write
Reform processes in the Western Balkans, and ways to take an active part in shaping them, were central themes of a conference that gathered 30 policy researchers from the region
27/06/2013 - 30/06/2013 | 09:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Balkans
Why Think Tanks Need to Do More than Write
Category: Balkans
Exploring the historical roots of German federalism and the intricacies of the legislative process
Third and fourth programme events of the 5th International Diplomats Programme
20/06/2013 - 21/06/2013 | 08:30 - 20:30
Exploring the historical roots of German federalism and the intricacies of the legislative process
“History is still very present in Berlin – you can see and feel it at every corner”, one of the participants of the 5th International Diplomats Programme remarked after the third programme event, a full day of visits to different political institutions and discussions with their representatives, had been concluded.
How is the European Endowment for Democracy faring?
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, deputy of the European Parliament’s ALDE Group, on the EU’s new tool for fostering democracy
16/05/2013 | 13:00 - 15:00 | DGAP | European Union
How is the European Endowment for Democracy faring?
European Union member states agreed to establish a European Democracy Fund in order to be able to respond to the political upheavals of the Arab Spring. Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, who chairs the fund’s executive committee, presented the new tool for encouraging democracy and spoke of the opportunities and obstacles faced while setting up the fund. Agnieszka Łada, guest researcher at the DGAP’s Alfred von Oppenheim Center, joined the discussion.
Category: European Union, Government and Society, Political Participation
A Cornerstone for Europe
Ceremony marks 15 years of the German-Czech Fund for the Future and the German-Czech Discussion Forum
14/05/2013 | 17:30 - 19:00 | Parlamentarischen Gesellschaft | Czech Republic, Bilateral Relations
A Cornerstone for Europe
In a ceremony, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert, alongside representatives of the bilateral project, acknowledged the connections between the two countries. Since the German-Czech Declaration was signed in 1997 considerable progress has been made. Members of the younger generation presented their cross-border projects and, in doing so, showed how much headway has been made in promoting relations between the two neighbors.
Category: Bilateral Relations, Czech Republic
Networks for the Future
Alumni meeting of the Diplomatenkolleg in Romania
08/05/2013 - 12/05/2013 | 09:00 - 18:00 Romania, Political System
Networks for the Future
Former program participants of the Diplomatenkolleg convened in Romania this May for their sixth alumni meeting. In the capital Bucharest and the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, alumni had the opportunity to renew their contacts with each other and meet participants from other years. The group also gained deep insight into Romania’s politics, culture, and economy.
Category: Political System, Romania
Shedding Light on the German Past and Present
Excursion to Nuremburg and Munich as part of the the fifth International Diplomats Programme
25/04/2013 - 26/04/2013 | 08:00 - 22:00 Germany, Political System
Shedding Light on the German Past and Present
During its excursion to the cities of Nuremberg and Munich, participants in the fifth International Diplomats Programme had the opportunity to discuss a range of subjects, from Germany’s dual system of vocational training, which has become an attractive German export model, to the country’s current migration and integration policy – and, of course, the significance of the historic Nuremberg Trials for international jurisdiction today.
Category: Political System, Germany
“America’s Pacific Century”
Implications for the Transatlantic Partners
24/04/2013 | 09:00 - 16:30 | DGAP | Transatlantic Relations
Category: Transatlantic Relations
The EU as a Power for Peace: Strengthening Mediation Skills
An expert workshop examines Europe’s and Germany’s roles in brokering peace
22/04/2013 | 16:00 - 19:15 | Deutscher Bundestag | European Union
The EU as a Power for Peace: Strengthening Mediation Skills
Promoting peace and preventing conflict are at the very heart of the European project. At the workshop, mediation experts discussed with German and European delegates, representatives from the European External Action Service (EEAS), and national diplomats the strengths and weaknesses of existing tools and the current allocation of tasks. Also on the agenda: ways of improving the EU’s mediating capacity, for example through the establishment of a European Institute for Peace.
Category: European Union
The EU’s Normative Power: The Case of Israel
Sharon Pardo and Krassimir Nikolov discuss whether EU foreign policy can shape values and norms in Israel
18/04/2013 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | Israel, European Union
The EU’s Normative Power: The Case of Israel
Europe strives to conduct a foreign policy based on values. Its norms are intended to have an impact around the world – and reach its immediate neighbors in particular. But how successful is Europe as a normative power? This was the subject of the recent Brussels Briefing in which Sharon Pardo, who holds the Jean-Monnet Chair for European Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, talked to Krassimer Nikolov, desk officer on Isreal at the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Category: European Union, Israel
The Many Faces of Political and Social Commitment
A report on the first day of the Fifth International Diplomats Programme in Berlin
14/04/2013 | 09:30 - 20:00 Germany, Political System
The Many Faces of Political and Social Commitment
The Fifth International Diplomats Programme opened on March 7, 2013 at the German Federal Foreign Office with a speech by renowned Arabist and Quranic scholar Professor Angelika Neuwirth: “Claiming the Quran as Legacy of Europe.” The first day of activities took place a week later and included visits to the German Bundestag and the science and technology park in Adlershof, among other venues.
Category: Political System, Technology and Research, Germany
Weighing Values and Interests in German Foreign Policy
A debate at the DGAP between Eberhard Sandschneider and Jörg Lau
11/04/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Germany, German Foreign Policy
Weighing Values and Interests in German Foreign Policy
Any debate touching on German foreign policy – be it about Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, or arms exports – inevitably turns on the tension between principles and interests. The weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT recently gave new impetus to the discussion. It continues at the DGAP with a series devoted to this fundamental question of German foreign policy. At the inaugural exchange, Eberhard Sandschneider presented his positions and offered Jörg Lau, an editor at DIE ZEIT, the opportunity to respond.
Category: German Foreign Policy, Institutions and Actors, Government and Society, Political Culture, Europe, Germany
Russia and the West
Work together or go it alone? Discussion with Alexei K. Pushkov, Chair, Russian Duma Committee for International Affairs
11/03/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Haus der Deutsche Bank AG
Russia and the West
In his lecture at the DGAP Pushkov emphasized that Europe is an important partner for Russia. Diverse points of contact between the EU and Russia have developed over the past twenty years – ranging from questions of security and energy to cooperation in the face of financial crisis and the development of economic partnerships. A range of differences may be straining the relationship.
The EU as Crisis Manager: Between Expectations and Reality
Brussels Briefing with Pieter Feith and Claudia Major
27/02/2013 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | Europe, European Union
The EU as Crisis Manager: Between Expectations and Reality
The European Union’s common security and defense policy remains incomplete; only slowly is the EU becoming a strategic actor. Pieter Feith, international crisis management expert, and Claudia Major, deputy head of the research division for international security policy at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), discussed the current standstill on the establishment of a robust security and defense policy.
Category: European Union, CSDP, Europe
“Europe needs Turkey’s dynamism.”
Conference of the Fellowship Program Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance in Istanbul
14/02/2013 - 17/02/2013 | 10:00 - 18:00 Turkey, European Union
“Europe needs Turkey’s dynamism.”
Turkey’s EU membership would not only be an advantage for Turkey – Brussels, too, would gain, emphasized Turkey’s Minister for European Union Affairs Egemen Bağış at the alumni and interim seminar of the Goerdeler-Kolleg in Istanbul. In addition to EU accession, Turkish foreign policy, administration reform, and development plans for Istanbul’s infrastructure were discussed.
Category: European Union, Europe, Turkey
The US, Europe and Russia: Can They Work Together?
11/02/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | International Policy/Relations
Category: International Policy/Relations
“Gridlock is not an Option”
Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe, on the reinvigoration of the Turkish-European relations
11/02/2013 | 12:00 - 14:00 | DGAP | Turkey, European Union
“Gridlock is not an Option”
The perspective of an EU-accession for Turkey has receded far into the distance: Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe, presented his proposal to reinvigorate Turkish-European relations at a DGAP “Brussels Briefing.” With Almut Möller, head of the Oppenheim-Centre for European Policy Studies, he discussed new forms of flexible integration – not as an alternative but as a complement.
Category: European Union, Turkey
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